Philabundance’s CEO attends a conference at the White House

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Loree D. Jones Brown, CEO, Philabundance (right) and community partner Desiree LaMarr-Murphy, founder of Murphy’s Giving Market, visit Washington for a conference on hunger and health. Contributed photo.

Philabundance took its mission to a national stage and to the highest office to solve hunger in the United States.

Representatives from Philabundance, based at 3616 S. Galloway St. in South Philly, traveled to Washington on September 29 to attend the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health and join President Joe Biden and administration officials.

Philabundance CEO Loree D. Jones Brown and Philabundance agency partner Desiree LaMarr-Murphy, founder of Murphy’s Giving Market, made the trip.

“I was encouraged to attend the White House Conference on Hunger, Diet and Health to see a renewed commitment not just to addressing hunger in this country, but to ending it,” Jones Brown said. “Since the pandemic began, Philabundance and others fighting hunger have had to be more flexible and innovative than ever. Many of these innovations are reflected in the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, creating a real opportunity for governments, for-profit and non-profit organizations to come together to create real and lasting change to end the hunger that exists across the country .”

Jones Brown and LaMarr-Murphy joined other nonprofit executives, agency partners, businesspeople and government officials to hear Biden’s remarks on the government’s national strategy to end hunger in the United States

The conference is of historic importance as the first conference, held in 1969, was a pivotal event that influenced the country’s nutrition policy agenda for the next 50 years.

This year’s conference focused on five pillars that frame the President’s goal to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so fewer Americans suffer from diet-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

The pillars focused on improving food access and affordability, integrating nutrition and health, empowering consumers to make healthy choices, supporting physical activity, and improving research on nutrition and food security.

(Left to right) Adm. Rachel L. Levine, MD, Asst. Secretary of Health, Department of Health and Human Services; Loree D Jones Brown, CEO, Philabundance; Stacy Dean, Assistant Secretary of State, USDA. Contributed photo

Philabundance serves a total of nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is a member of Feeding PA and Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks that are leading the fight against nationwide hunger.

In addition to attending the conference, Jones Brown was invited to the White

House for a conversation with Cabinet officials, including Biden, along with senior White House staffers entitled “Communities in Action: Building a Better Pennsylvania.”

“The current government’s support has helped keep hunger at bay for so many people,” Jones Brown said. “As CEO of Philabundance, a grocery bank serving Philadelphia, the nation’s hungriest city, and surrounding counties, we’ve seen more people come to our agency partners in need of groceries. The additional food and funds made available directly to us and the people we serve have allowed us to maintain food insecurity at the same level during this pandemic.”

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